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Greetings From President Krise

Dear PLU Soon-to-be-Graduates:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Commencement Day is one of the milestones of life that you will look back upon with great pride for years to come. It is a celebration both of the consummation of your PLU experience and of new beginnings as you set out toward a career or further study and a life of service to others. Please know that your Alma Mater is proud of what you have accomplished, and we’ll all be supporting you and following your successes in the future.

As graduation approaches, I’m sure that you will be joining me in thanking the faculty, staff, families and friends who have helped, supported and encouraged you along the way. Together all of us can plan for a special day.

Patty and I invite you to Gonyea House for a reception in your honor on Friday, May 27, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Graduates and families will receive a special invitation with more details and information on how to let us know if you’re able to attend.

If you have any questions about the day’s activities, please call 253-535-7101 or e-mail commencement@plu.edu.

I look forward to shaking your hand on stage at the Commencement Ceremony and sharing this important day of celebration with you, your family, your friends and your classmates!

Thomas W. Krise, Ph.D.

2016 Commencement Speaker: Luz Vega-Marquis

Luz Vega-Marquis

Luz Vega-Marquis is president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s $700 million endowment and $35 million annual grantmaking budget. Ms. Vega-Marquis has positioned the foundation as a leader in movement building by shaping its grantmaking and communication strategies to support a nationwide movement of poor and low-income families. Marguerite Casey Foundation supports movement building by investing in organizations that put families at the forefront of efforts to fight poverty and work together across issues, race and ethnicity, regions and egos to bring about social change, and by deploying strategic communications to advance issues and a unifying message that reflects the voice of poor and low-income families.

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